Dining Influencers: Hell's Backbone Grill

Farm and Table

For Blake Spalding and Jen Castle, food is a political statement as well as a delight. Their example has been an inspiration as agriculture and food issues become increasingly urgent. They started Hell’s Backbone Grill 18 years ago with a modest garden, but now cultivate six acres, three hoop houses and a straw-bale greenhouse producing thousands of pounds of fresh produce to be used in the restaurant’s kitchen. Besides growing their own, the duo harvests fruit from local trees, tends a flock of 130 laying hens and buys beef and lamb from local ranchers.

Fun Fact: Hell’s Backbone grill was the first place to sell beer in Garfield County.

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